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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cynthia Reyna, a graduating student of Charles H. Milby High School in Houston was named the national winner of the 2008 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards (HHYA) in Engineering and Mathematics, an award sponsored by ExxonMobil.
"ExxonMobil is proud to align its efforts with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to promote young Hispanics to succeed in the science and engineering fields. Not only do we feel this is a critical concern, but it is also an honor to be a part of such a unique program that celebrates both culture and academics," Gerald W. McElvy, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation, said in a released statement.
During a ceremony here, Rena was honored for her defining accomplishments in engineering and mathematics. In addition to the $3,000 scholarship she received as a regional winner, she was given a $5,000 educational grant, laptop computer and a trip to the National Youth Award presentation.
For the last eight years, ExxonMobil has sponsored the Engineering and Mathematics category and has contributed more than $1.2 million to HHYA. Reyna will use her educational grants to study at Texas A&M University where she will major in civil engineering.
"I'm thrilled and honored to receive this prestigious award from ExxonMobil and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation," Reyna said in a released statement. "My Mexican heritage is a source of pride, strength and motivation to succeed. I attribute all my
determination and success to my family."